Another prestigious contract is awarded to Heerema Marine Contractors for an offshore wind project in Taiwan, this time in the middle of Taiwan.
The Greater Changhua offshore wind projects consist of four sites in the Taiwan Strait, from 35 km to 60 km off the coast of Changhua County. Danish offshore wind developer Ørsted has obtained site exclusivity on four offshore wind sites with a planned total generation capacity of 2.4GW, and was in 2018 awarded capacity for two projects of 900MW and 920MW.
The contract for Heerema is for the 900MW Greater Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind farms. The contract scope entails the transport and installation of one hundred eleven (111) turbine foundations as well as the installation of two large offshore substations, essential components of offshore wind farms that run electricity to the mainland. Furthermore, Heerema will also be responsible for onshore marshalling services as well as the seabed preparations and scour protection.
The installation will be executed by Heerema's fast sailing heavy lift vessel Aegir, that is already in the area for another project. Due to Aegir’s strength and agility, the vessel is very suitable for operating on challenging wind projects such as these. The installation will take place in waters of 30-35 meters deep.
CEO Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, on the new contract: 'Heerema is very excited to participate in this large and unique project. Heerema has got what it takes to be a leader in the renewables market: great vessels and highly skilled and experienced people that are always eager to co-operate. The collaboration between Ørsted and Heerema is characterized by a mutually outstanding attitude towards this enormous project. We share the same mentality: it's this engagement and mindset of people that enables us to plan and execute these complex operations. We will continue to participate in ambitious and sustainable projects like Greater Changhua.’
Heerema will execute the offshore work on Greater Changhua 1 and 2a during 2021 and 2022, while complying with relevant local regulations in relation to supporting vessels and crews.